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Honors General Education

 SCOM 123H Fundamental Human Communication: Group Presentations - 9 sections (C1HC)

Sec 0001  |  Instructor: Timothy Ball  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55  |  Harrison 1241  |  3 CR
Sec 0002  |  Instructor: Timothy Ball  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15  |  Harrison 0112  |  3 CR
Sec 0003  |  Instructor: Michael Broderick  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55  |  Harrison 2113  |  3 CR
Sec 0004  |  Instructor: Michael Broderick  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Harrison 2113  |  3 CR
Sec 0005  |  Instructor: Jenda Krauklis  |  TuTh 6:00-7:15 PM  |  Harrison 1241  |  3 CR
Sec 0006  |  Instructor: Jenda Krauklis  |  TuTh 7:40-8:55 PM  |  Harrison 1241  |  3 CR
Sec 0007  |  Instructor: Jenda Krauklis  |  MW 7:15-8:30 PM  |  Harrison 1241  |  3 CR
Sec 0008  |  Instructor: Nicole Barnes  |  MWF 10:30-11:20  |  Harrison 2113  |  3 CR
Sec 0009  |  Instructor: Kara Dillard  |  TuTh 8:00-9:15 AM  |  Harrison 1246  |  3 CR

Study of human communication as a process. Overview of the principles and practices of communication in small group and public communication contexts. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis, and constructing informative and persuasive group presentations. Public speaking required. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit. SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution. 3 credits. Study of conflict resolution processes including mediation, arbitration and negotiation. Consideration of litigation and hybrid dispute processes such as summary jury trial, rent-a-judge and panel evaluation.  

 PHIL 101H Introduction to Philosophy - 2 sections (C2HQ&C)

Sec 0001  |  Instructor: Charles Bolyard  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  Miller 2180  |  3 CR
Sec 0002  |  Instructor: Charles Bolyard  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Miller 2180  |  3 CR

An introduction to the basic problems and concepts of philosophy – the nature of man and the self, ethics, theories of knowledge, philosophy of religion, etc., as revealed in the writings of the major philosophers. May be used for general education credit.

 HUM 252H Global Cultures (C2HQ&C)

Instructor: Kristen McCleary  |  MoWeFr 11:45-12:35  |  Wilson 1012  |  3 CR

This course is a cross-disciplinary study of a non-Western culture. Students examine the ways people have responded to the human condition from different historical, religious and philosophical positions, and with their own artistic, musical and theatrical expressions. Sections, which vary by instructor, include East-Asian experiences and West-African humanities. May be used for general education credit.

 ARTH 205H Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance (C2VPA)

Instructor: John Ott  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  Duke 1041  | 3 CR

An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from cave painting through European pre-Renaissance art. Includes ancient through medieval art in Europe and the Near East, as well as Asian and African arts. May be used for general education credit.


 ENG 221H 0001 The Artist and the Rebel in Irish and Northern Irish Literature (C2L)

Instructor: Siân White  |  MoWe 2:15-3:30 PM  |  Keezell G009  |  3 CR

During the Easter Rising of 1916, as part of Ireland’s struggle for independence from British imperial rule, 36-year-old Pádraic Pearse stood outside of the General Post Office and read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. For this act of rebellion, Pearse was executed without trial along with fifteen others. Pearse was in some ways a rebel; he was also a poet, teacher, and native Irish speaker. 

The relationship between the rebel and the artist, the political and the artistic, dominates Irish literary history, especially during the twentieth century. This course traces that evolving relationship from the period of independence, to the partition of the island into two nations – what are now the independent Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, still part of the United Kingdom – and through the continuing anti-colonial campaign in Northern Ireland known as "the Troubles."  In novels, plays, short stories, and poems, we will focus on art – in this case, literature – as it represents national identity and nationalist politics, but also on artistic representation as a political act in itself.

This is an Honors section of a General Education course. Students can expect informal and formal writing assignments, midterm and final exams, and individual presentations.

 ENG 221H 0002 American Psycho (C2L)

Instructor: Matthew Rebhorn  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  Keezell 0107  |  3 CR

From psychotic sleepwalking in the eighteenth century to motiveless self-loathing today, madness has always shadowed the development of American national identity, offering a darker, more insidious underside to what Ralph Waldo Emerson triumphantly called American "self-reliance."  This course explores this dynamic by focusing on the way American madness has been represented in literature, from the novel to short story to film.  Taking up early depictions of madness in authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville, following the diversifying representations of madness in Henry James, Willa Cather, and Charles Chestnutt, and coming to talk about the inheritance of these “tropes of madness” in The Haunting of Hill House, Get Out, and Fight Club, this course will offer students a brief history of American madness.  By closely reading these texts, developing our writing skills, and learning to think about ideas across multiple texts, this course will help students both become better readers of texts, and perhaps understand more fully why "we all go a little mad sometimes."

 ENG 221H 0003 Wild Things: Children's Literature, Animals and Ecology (C2L)

Instructor: Danielle Price  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15 PM  |  Miller 2110  |  3 CR

The Lorax, Charlotte the Spider, Fantastic Mr. Fox: children’s literature is full of talking beasts and animals. This course explores and analyzes talking animal stories, particularly those connected to the environment. We will consider such questions as: How do these animals reflect our ideas about children and the world we live in? What does it mean to speak with as opposed to speaking for something? Course materials will include fables and folktales, picture books, novels, and film.

 MATH 220H Elementary Statistics (C3QR)

Instructor: Dinesh Sharma  |  MWF 9:15-10:05  |  Burruss 0355 & 0139  |  3 CR

Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses, regression, correlation and an introduction to statistical analysis using computers. May be used for General Education credit.

 BIO 140H Foundations of Biology I (C3NS)

Instructor: Terrie Rife  |  MWF 9:15-10:05  |  Bioscience 1007  |  3 CR

  • Corequisite: BIO 140HL and Honors

The foundations of the cellular molecules, structures and processes that sustain life in the context of evolution will be explored. Topics will include structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology.

 BIO 140LH Foundations of Biology I Laboratory (C3L)

Instructor:   |  Tu 1:00-3:50  |  Bioscience 1025  |  1 CR

  • Corequisite: BIO 140H and Honors

Students learn the process of science and the basics of experimental design while building scientific writing skills. Students learn foundational techniques of molecular biology (pipetting, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis and basic bioinformatics) in the context of a DNA Barcoding project. Students will leave this course with the preparation needed to design their own independent DNA barcoding projects.

 POSC 225H United States Government (C4AE)

Instructor: Andreas Broscheid  |  MoWe 2:15-3:30 & 3:55-5:10  |  Miller 2110  |  4 CR

  • 3:55-5:10 meets periodically

An examination of institutions, processes and intellectual concepts which structure American political activity. The interaction of the political system with the changing American society and America’s changing role in world affairs are also treated. The course provides an introduction to quantitative methodology. May be used for general education credit.

 ECON 200H Introduction to Macroeconomics (C4GE)

Instructor: Zachary Gochenour  |  MWF 11:45-12:35  |  Hartman 3026  |  3 CR

Behavior of systems at the national and international levels. Topics include the methodology of economics as a social science, supply and demand, definition and measurement of important macroeconomic variables, and theoretical models of growth, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, business cycles, stabilization policy, exchange rates and the balance of payments. May be used for general education credit.

 WGSS 200H Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (C5SD)

Instructor: Dawn Goode  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15 PM  |  Keezell 0107  |  3 CR

Interdisciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women and the LGBTQ+ community throughout history. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the women's, gender, and sexuality studies minor.

Honors Seminars

 HON 200 Biology in the Movies

Instructor: Christopher Rose  |  Tu 9:300-11, Th 9:30-10:45  |  EnGeo 1207  |  3 CR

Advances in genetics and development biology allow scientists to manipulate genes, cells, and embryos in ways that increasingly challenge traditional concepts of human identity and could permanently alter the structure of human society. At the same time, media bombard the public with science-based entertainment that is timely, engaging, and at some level credible to an increasingly savvy and demanding audience. This course explores the intersection of these trends by addressing how popular culture presents science in movies and the potential costs of its misrepresentation. Topics include human cloning, genetic engineering, origin and evolution of humans, and artificial and extraterrestrial intelligence.

Christopher Rose is Professor in the Biology Deparment. He studies the development and evolution of amphibian morphology and writes about the role of popular culture and movies in teaching biology. Dr. Rose has taught in Honors and is the Honors faculty liaison in Biology.

Area of emphasis: None.

 HON 200 Inclusive Leadership Seminar

Instructors: Jessica Weed  |  W 3:30-5:30  |  Jennings 139  |  2 CR

The purpose of this course is to grow individuals in their leadership through self-awareness in their personality, identity, and values. Through evaluation of leadership strategies and tools, individuals will gain a critical perspective of leadership, while participating and reflecting on real-life, applied leadership experience.

Carson Lonett is a double Duke - earning both her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Master of Education degrees at JMU. Since graduating with her masters, Lonett has worked as a Leadership Program Specialist, Coordinator for Student Learning Initiatives, Coordinator for Leader Development, and Advisor to the VP of Student Affairs.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership

 HON 200 Black Girl Magic: Exploring the Fortitude of Black Women

Instructor: Briana Gaines  |  TuTh 4:20-5:35  |  Online  |  3 CR

This class will explore the plight and endurance of Black women throughout history in America. The course will be uniquely focused not only on her perseverance, but also the distinctive challenges that she faces. There will be a critical mental health and feminist theory lens and will challenge students to examine stereotypes that still largely exist in our social culture.

Areas of emphasis: Global studies; Leadership

 HON 200 Intergroup Dialogue on Race as a Social Identity

Instructors: Art Dean & Vesna Hart  |  Tu 3:30-6:00  |  Lakeview 1160  |  3 CR

  • Class is by permission and requires you to complete this application to be considered.

This course explores race as a social identity and its relevance to and impact upon individuals and groups. Our goal is to learn from each other’s individual experiences, and gain insight into the ways race shapes people’s lives. We will use readings, activities, and other forms of media to guide and push our dialogue. Ultimately, each student will increase in their understanding of self (most importantly!) and others as it pertains to race and other social identities.

The model of the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan will be used as the basic structure of the course. This evidenced-based program for promoting authentic conversations and increasing understanding of social identities on college campuses has been recognized by President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, the US Department of Education’s Race Equity Panel, the American Association of Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association. Both course instructors have completed training in this method and have previously led IGD groups on race/ethnicity and race.

Course Objectives: 1.Deepen self-and other-awareness with respect to the ways race influences our lives, including world views, biases, practices, rituals and self-concepts. 2.Draw on existing literature to demonstrate the communicative construction of social identity and race. 3. Build your capacity to dialogue about social identity in authentic and respectful ways, in the course and beyond.

Art Dean serves as the special assistant to the president for diversity. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Diversity Officials in Higher Education and can speak to issues regarding social identity including race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Dean also possesses expertise in the areas of college access and student success, especially with particular groups e.g., women in STEM. Dr. Vesna Hart is Director of International Cooperation in the Center for Global Engagement. She has a strong interest in international, interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration and research. A devoted advocate for human dignity and well-being, Dr. Hart worked in a post-conflict context in the Balkans, providing psychosocial support and education to students, parents and teachers across ethnic differences.

Areas of emphasis: Global studies; Leadership

 HON 300 Stories that Heal: Narrative in the Helping Professions

Instructor: Lucy Malenke  |  MWF 1:00-1:50  |  Miller 2140  |  3 CR

Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you plan to enter a “helping profession,” such as nursing, social work, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, public health, medicine, counseling, coaching, or ministry? This service-learning course will help you develop narrative competence, which is the “ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others” (Dr. Rita Charon). In addition to completing 15 hours of community service, you will also explore (through reading, writing, and discussion) the ways that story-telling can promote healing and human connection. In fall 2021, we will explore these themes through the lens of race, racism, and anti-racism. This is a MWF class, but it will not meet most Fridays of the semester in order to accommodate the service requirement.

Lucy Malenke is the Writing Center liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. She also serves as outreach coordinator for the UWC and a writing consultant for students and faculty. Her personal essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in Nashville Review, Sojourners magazine, The Georgia Review, and other literary journals and magazines.

Area of emphasis: Service & civic engagement

 HON 300 Teaching Honors for Teaching Fellows

Instructors: Alysia Davis & Jared Diener |  Fr 10:10-11:25  |  SSC 4046  |  3 CR

Honors seminar for teaching fellows in HON 100. Teaching fellows are selected by application in the spring semester. RESTRICTED ENROLLMENT.

Area of emphasis: All areas

 HON 300 From the Valley to the Bay

Instructors: Eric Fitzgerald & Cindy Klevickis  |  We 5:35-8:05  |  EnGeo 3003  |  3 CR

Being the largest estuary in the United States with over 64,000 square miles of watershed, the Chesapeake Bay has received national and international attention for best management practice implementation. This class will investigate both urban and agriculture BMPS and the impacts they have on water quality. Using Chesapeake Bay preservation strategies as a model, global riverine and estuary environments will be studied through research to emphasize the need for sustainable programs to combat water quality issues around the world.

Eric Fitzgerald teaches in the School of Integrated Sciences. Since 2007, he has also acted as the Assistant Director for Secondary Education at the Massanutten Technical Center. Previous courses he has taught include Life and Environmental Science for Teachers (ISCI 173) and several Honors seminars.

Areas of emphasis: Global studies; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 Explorations of Leadership Through Academic Study and Practical Application

Instructor: Michael McCleve  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  SSC 4043  | 3 CR

This course provides students with both an academic, research approach and an applied, practical approach to the study and understanding of leadership. Students will identify a philosophy, theory, or model of leadership to study, research, and then present to others the specific benefits and drawbacks they have learned. Students will use the applied leadership development approach of Action Learning to also define a common area of interest with others in the course and then engage in identifying a problem or challenge within a specific community. They will brainstorm and collaborate potential solutions to that problem or challenge. Then they will design and implement a plan of action intending to begin the process of solving that problem or challenge. Through experiential learning activities, emphasis will be placed on both personal development and group experiences in the exercise of leadership skills through both academic study and practical application.

Michael McCleve is director of the Student Leadership Center. His favorite part of his job is working with students directly. He loves to see students develop and grow their leadership skills.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership

 HON 300 From Bean to Cup: Coffee Ecology and Culture

Instructor: Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15  |  Online  |  3 CR

Coffee is one of the world’s most traded commodities and the lifeblood for millions of smallholder producers. This course will examine the social-ecological legacy of coffee, from “bean to cup”. Interdisciplinary course readings will introduce the history of coffee cultivation, coffee botany and ecology, the present day state of the global coffee industry, the diverse expressions and ramifications of “coffee culture”, and current implications of coffee production for environmental change, economic development, and social justice. Alternatives to conventional coffee production and marketing will be considered, including Fair Trade, shade-grown, and organic coffee. Materials and guest speakers will encourage discussions, introduce and engage students in multi-disciplinary concepts, and promote critical thinking through current issues and case studies related to global studies. 

Dr. Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh is a faculty member in the Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. 

Area of emphasis: Global studies

 HON 300 Past, Present, and Future of eHealth

Instructor: Phil Frana  |  MWF 10:30-11:20  |  Burruss 0232  |  3 CR

Digital tech has revolutionized science, medicine, and healthcare. New, innovative technologies are critically important to detecting and containing COVID-19 disease clusters and developing vaccines, and existing technologies are now mainstream and mission critical: telehealth or telemedicine, point-of-care electronic health records, and mobile apps for charting, lifestyle monitoring, patient-client-customer-consumer engagement, etc. This class will cover more than just instruments, equipment, and internet applications. We’ll examine the past, present, and future of eHealth along a number of important interprofessional dimensions: methods of health evaluation; rapid reasoning under situations of uncertainty; questions of speed, efficiency, memory and professional expertise; clinical education and training; organizational bureaucracies and value-based care; empathy, relationships, and outcomes; the labeling and rationalizing of care processes; legal accountability; and common metaphors and philosophies. Many important issues and services remain unforeseen and/or unsolved. Perhaps you will imagine or invent something new! All majors welcome. (This class will be informally cross-listed with an HTH interprofessional seminar with 25 spots available and 10 spots for Honors students.)

Dr. Philip Frana served as Associate Director and Associate Dean of the Honors College for the past seven years. He is now Associate Professor of IDLS and the Independent Scholars program. In 2020, he completed a book on the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, and published an article on "Telematics and the Early History of International Digital Information Flows."

Areas of emphasis: Creativity and innovation

 HON 300 Exploring Leadership

Instructor: Bradley Newcomer  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15  |  Duke 1032  |  3 CR

This course provides basic concepts of leadership and the essential skills required to become an effective leader. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. The student will be provided the opportunity for personal development through exercises in communication and leadership effectiveness. Objectives of the course are to understand leadership, know your own style and have a plan for developing your leadership. This course will examine what we know about the leadership practices that lead to effective team and organizational performance. 

Dr. Bradley Newcomer is Dean of the JMU Honors College and Professor of Physics. Dr. Newcomer has extensive teaching experience in areas as diverse as Leadership Training to Medical Radiation and Imaging Physics.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership

 HON 300 Imagine Better: Youth Activism, Literature, and Social Media

Instructor: Elisabeth Gumnior  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15  |  Harrison 2103  |  3 CR

While youth activism is not new or exclusive to our time, current iterations are heavily influenced by Young Adult Literature (YAL) and social media. In this course, we will begin to explore the vast body of YA literature and examine the connections between what children and young adults read and how they translate that into social, cultural, and political action for change. We will focus our work on the following areas: (1) familiarize ourselves with the core concepts of youth activism, (2) sample both fiction and non-fiction literature for young readers, (3) explore the role of fandom and social networking in youth activism, and (4) examine the current impact and future potential of youth activism in the areas of climate change, racial equality, and social and economic justice.

Dr. Elisabeth Gumnior is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. 

Area of emphasis: Service and civic engagement

 HON 300 Women Writers/Women Written in Hispanic/Latino/a/X Film and Literature

Instructor: Lucy Morris  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Miller 2110  |  3 CR

This course will study women as both producers and characters in literature and film in the Hispanic/Latino/a/X world. We will examine "texts" which represent "women’s writings" from diverse Spanish speaking countries and Brazil. We will focus on both women authors of multiple genres and directors. The course will give us a glimpse into the particularities that influence women's individual social realities, and how those peculiarities and diverse loci of enunciation affect the production and dissemination of the works. This course includes an exploration of how sites of philosophical construction, such as academia, may propose a conundrum which appears to give visibility to an often-underrepresented sector, but begs the question if by doing so, it continues to create/perpetuate imaginaries as to what is "women’s writing." Examination of feminist literary criticism, canon formation and other critical topics. The course will be conducted in English.

Lucy Morris teaches in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. 

Area of emphasis: Global studies

 HON 300 Gender and Leadership

Instructor: Amelia Underwood  |  W 6:00-8:30 PM  |  Burruss 0232  |  3 CR

This course examines the unique challenges, constraints, and opportunities that face men and women today as they ascend to leadership positions in organizations. Topics include: theoretical perspectives on how the concepts of gender and leadership are constructed; gender and leadership in the workplace; the media, the political sphere and the global community; and strategies to facilitate equity. This course is experiential and will require students to reflect on past and present challenges, as well as future opportunities as they develop their own personal leadership style.

Amelia Underwood is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, where she earned her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the army. She served on active duty as a field artillery officer assigned to nuclear capable Lance missile battalions. She is now a faculty member in the Department of Military Science (Army ROTC) where she teaches American military history and a course on American women at war. Underwood is the founder and chairman of of the JMU Women's Military Forum and she serves on the President's Task Force for Veteran's Affairs. Underwood's mission in her teaching and service is to encourage and empower women to become effective and successful leaders in all areas of their lives. 

Areas on emphais: Leadership

 HON 300 Creativity, Technology, and the Search for Self

Instructor: Jared Featherstone  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  SSC 4040  |  3 CR

Students will engage with a variety of philosophical and scientific approaches to defining or complicating the notion of a self. Particular attention will be given to the role of technology in the construction or dismantling of self. Through reflective writing, experimentation, and research, each student will conduct an extensive self-inventory and analysis that provides the basis for a final, multimedia creative project.

Jared Featherstone directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. His interests include mindfulness, contemplative writing, creative nonfiction, service learning, and songwriting. He is a facilitator for the Madison Meditates program.

Areas of emphasis: Creativity and innovation

 HON 300 The Antiracist GenEd Project

Instructor: Amy Lewis  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  Lakeview 1150  |  3 CR

Join students from across campus to redefine and reimagine "diversity," "equity," and "inclusion" in the General Education curriculum. What broad skills does a college graduate in 2026 need to have? Whose knowledge should count as important enough to teach to the leaders of tomorrow? Whose stories should we tell? Are you interested in joining a diverse team of multidisciplinary faculty from across campus to critique the syllabi of yesterday and shape the courses of tomorrow? Are you interested in rethinking the Gen Ed experience from an anti-racist perspective? If so, join the conversation and sign up for this class.

Admission is by instructor permission only. Apply here by Wednesday, April 14:

Areas of emphasis: Leadership; Global studies; Service and civic engagement

 HON 331 Introduction to Global Studies

Instructor: Felix Wang  |  Tu 4:00-6:30 PM |  Madison 2001  |  3 CR

Through this course, students will examine how people perceive similarities, differences, and interdependencies among human societies in a global context. Materials and guest speakers will encourage discussions and promote critical thinking through current issues related to global studies in order to become better global citizens. Students will be partnered with international students from JMU’s Global Partners through a “Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)” project. The students will jointly explore personal identity characteristics and the connections between identity and culture.

Dr. Felix Wang is Senior Associate Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). He provides leadership in coordination, collaboration and outreach in global partnerships for JMU. His research is on global identify formation and its impact on student learning during international experiences. Dr. Wang has over 20 years of experience in the field of global education. His regular spring semester Honors seminar incorporates a spring break service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic.

Area of emphasis: Global studies

 HON 361 Spirituality in the Visual Arts of Asia

Instructor: Wren Stevens  |  MW 9:40-10:55 |  SSC 4047  |  3 CR

This seminar will explore the spiritual traditions of India, China, and Japan through the visual arts. Students will read and discuss core texts such as Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, the Analects, and the Tao Te Ching while we explore contemplative traditions and artwork from the Vedantic, Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist traditions. Student assessment will be based upon class participation and discussion, a reflective journal centered on a personal exploration of contemplative traditions, engaged learning activities, and group project with a class presentation component.

Areas of Emphasis: Global studies; Creativity and innovation 

 IND 200 Exploring Independent Scholars

Instructors: Matthew Chamberlin & Philip Frana  |  TuTh 8:00-9:15 AM |  Room TBA  |  3 CR

  • Restricted to Independent Scholars majors

IND 200 is designed to introduce students to the Independent Scholars major, and to the concepts of interdisciplinary study. Students will explore interdisciplinary research in a range of contemporary areas of study, including scientific, environmental, political, social, and cultural perspectives. Students will also gain familiarity with the possibilities for individualized study at JMU. Successful completion of the course will involve the development of proposals for individualized curricula.

Area of emphasis: Research

Honors Electives

 HON 101 Honors Orientation Seminar: Track II - 2 sections

Instructor: Jared Diener  |  1st block  |   Mo 4:45-5:35  |  SSC 4042  |  1 CR
Instructor: Jared Diener  |  2nd block  |  Mo 4:45-5:35  |  SSC 4042  |  1 CR

  • Restricted to new Track II students (email for permission to enroll)

This is a one-credit seminar course for new Track II students. The course introduces students to Honors activities and goals, discusses high impact learning practices, and helps students develop a strong academic and professional profile. Topics include undergraduate research, fellowships and study abroad, faculty mentorship, interdisciplinarity, critical study habits, diversity, and more. Students will produce an ePortfolio, develop a personal narrative, and engage in peer-reviewed writing. The course is taught by two upper-level Honors student Teaching Fellows. 

Jared Diener is Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives. He works with Honors students on academic advising and study abroad, coordinates Hillcrest Scholarships, and directs the JMU programs at Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews. He has worked in the Honors College since 2013 and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Oxford University. 

 BIO 491H Scientific Writing, Presentation and Critical Thinking

Instructor: Christopher Rose  |  We 3:35-5:25  |  EnGeo 1204  |  2 CR

A discussion-based course for the development of the fundamental thinking, writing and presentation skills necessary to be a successful researcher. Offered as credit/no credit only. REQUIRED FOR ALL SECOND YEAR BIOLOGY HONORS STUDENTS.

 COB 300H Integrative Business

Instructor TBA  |  Tu 6:00-8:30 PM  |  Room TBA  |  1 CR

COB 300H is an optional Honors component of COB 300. This course provides an in-depth study of theory and research on teams and team effectiveness, which is applied to the COB 300 experience. The course will enable students to better understand team dynamics and how to form and manage teams for superior results. It will also develop their understanding of how to conduct research and will provide a platform for more in-depth honors study within each student's chosen major. 

By virtue of completing this course, a student may count up to 9 credits from COB 300 towards Honors elective requirements.

 IND 300 Independent Scholars Workshop

Instructors: Matthew Chamberlin & Philip Frana  |  M 4:15-5:45  |  Room TBA  |  1 CR

  • Restricted to Independent Scholars majors
  • Prerequisite: IND 200

IND 300 is a one-credit workshop course designed to provide students in the Independent Scholars major with methodological competencies linked to major learning objectives across their curriculum, including independent research methods, preparing presentations, data visualization, research methods, working with teams, and enhancing intellectual creativity.

 ISAT 203H Viral Discovery

Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55 PM  |  ISAT/CS 0334  |  3 CR

An exploratory laboratory experience, designed for incoming freshmen. Students will learn about the life cycle and ecology of viruses infecting bacteria. Soil samples will be collected, and techniques for isolation and purification of the viruses will be performed by the students. Isolated viruses will be visualized using electron microscopy. The genomic material will be isolated and prepared for nucleic acid sequencing.

 NSG 350H Foundations of Nursing

Instructors: Lisa Carmines  |  TBA  |  TBA  |  2 CR

  • Department consent required

This course provides an overview of foundational principles of professional nursing practice. Students will be introduced to the evolution of nursing, basic nursing theory and knowledge, and beginning concepts. This course promotes self-analysis and socialization into the role of the professional nurse. Students will explore the healthcare literature to identify and develop an Honors thesis focus.

 NSG 354H The Art and Science of Nursing

Instructors: Janice Gandy & Melody King  |  Tu 12:00-2:00 PM  |  Room TBA  |  2 CR

  • Department consent required

This course is designed to provide an overview of current issues relevant to the art and science of the practicing nurse. This course will provide the student with a concentrated focus on the role of the professional nurse and the nursing profession. The course explores nursing theory, health care models of practice and diversity issues, as well as legal and ethical realities within the healthcare delivery system. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical component of developing and conducting research.

 NSG 450H Nursing Inquiry and Research Methods

Instructor: Modjadji Choshi  |  Th 2:40-5:40  |  Room TBA  |  3 CR

  • Department consent required

This course will enhance the students' ability to locate and critically appraise evidence-based guidelines and nursing research to determine their applicability to nursing practice. Students critically examine the links among nursing research theory, and practice. Students will develop an understanding of the underlying paradigms and activities within quantitative and qualitative research. Students will synthesize literature from individual review of research and prepare for public presentation.

 NSG 455H Nursing Informatics - 2 sections

Instructor: Erica Lewis  |  1st block  |  Fr 11:20-1:20  |  Room TBA  |  2 CR
Instructor: Erica Lewis  |  2nd block  |  Fr 11:20-1:20  |  Room TBA  |  2 CR 

  • Department consent required.
  • Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the nursing and honors programs; completion of NSG 350, NSG 354 and NSG 450.

This course explores nursing informatics and technology applications in health care. Emphasis is on preparing entry-level nurses with core nursing informatics competencies. A major theme is the use of information systems and technologies to improve the quality and safety of patient care in a changing health care environment. Students will develop their nursing informatics knowledge and skills through reading, discussions, exploration and utilization of electronic modalities.

 UNST 250H Alternative Break Leadership Training

Instructor: Staff  |  Mo 7:15-9:15 PM  |  Room: TBA  |  2 CR

  • Instructor consent required

A leadership training curriculum that covers a broad range of topics essential to leading an Alternative Break trip. This course incorporates service learning pedagogy. This will be accomplished through the use of affective and cognitive approaches. Personal growth as it relates to core concepts of leadership will be prominent. Emphasis is also placed on peer interaction, active participation, extensive reading, case work, and a range of guest speakers. Attendance is required.

 WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum (section 0002)

Instructor: Kevin Jefferson  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Harrison 2246  | Hybrid  |  1-3 CR

The James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal is a student-run, peer-reviewed, double-blind academic journal dedicated to promoting, publishing, and sharing the excellent research and scholarship created by JMU undergraduate students in every JMU field of study. WRTC 328 students serve on the JMURJ Editorial Board.

WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum is a designated Honors elective course. WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum, available for 1-3 credits, can also fulfill the Honors practicum requirement for all areas of emphasis. You may repeat the course for credit.

The Fall 2021 JMURJ Editorial Board needs editors who want to develop and apply their editing, design, and/or marketing knowledge:

  • If you are a JMURJ Editorial Board veteran and want to capitalize on your experience in a leadership position, we need you (and you may repeat the course for credit).
  • If you have training as a writing consultant, or are enrolled in WRTC 401, or have taken/are enrolled in WRTC 300, we need you.
  • If you are considering a career in editing, have experience reading and writing across multiple disciplines and/or are interested in a hands-on reading, writing, editing, and designing outside of your discipline, we need you (and can train you).
  • If you have particular skills as a designer or marketer (and want to work closely on a creator-client basis), we definitely need you.
  • And if you need practicum credit or are interested an internship, keep reading.

Enrolling in the WRTC 328 JMURJ course--available for 1-3 credits--requires instructor permission. To learn more about JMURJ, the different roles that Editorial Board members fill, how WRTC 328 can meet different course requirements, internship opportunities, and how to apply, visit and check out the "Join the Board" page.

Contact Kevin Jefferson ( for more information.

Honors Diversity Courses


The Honors College believes that learning about diverse perspectives, experiences, and cultures is a critical component of a well-rounded Honors education. Therefore, we are partnering with Africana, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies (LAXC) to encourage students to take the following courses, which will count as Honors elective credits.

You do not need to do an Honors option in these courses. Simply enroll and take the course.

List of Honors Diversity Courses.

Fall 2021 AAAD Courses.

Fall 2021 LAXC Courses.

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